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Driving In Reverse (part 1)

August 1, 2012

How do you view your relationship with the Lord?  Most people struggle with their spiritual self-image.  Don’t get me wrong, before becoming a Christian, we were horrid.  There was nothing good about us.  Everything we did was wicked and deserving of the full wrath of God.  Our very best acts, deeds, works, thoughts, and intentions were a repulsive stench to the nostrils of God. We were His enemies and were running at break-neck speed towards hell without a glimmering thought of our impending eternal doom.

Then came that miraculous day when you bowed your knee to Christ. God, in His perfect timing, opened the eyes of your heart to see that you needed Him and that He had made a way through the cross.  He stopped you dead in your tracks, so to speak, to show you His way of salvation for your soul.  It was at this moment in your life that you truly saw the holiness of God and the complete, utter depravity of your own soul.  For the first time you could see the eternal chasm of hell and damnation that separated you from God.  The holy work of Jesus on a cross, a torturous instrument of death, bridged that gap.

When you went to pass from death to life through Christ you discovered the passage was at a cost you could never have afforded.  Well beyond your reach, or anyone’s, for that matter.  No one could possibly pay the cost. But God, in His kindness, drew you to repentance. He made a way for you by sending His only begotten Son who laid down His own life as payment for our sin.

Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow

When viewing our eternal and desperate need, we could now see the eternal and merciful answer. God gave us the ability to see our need for salvation. He gave us, by His grace, faith to believe.  He extended to us, by His grace, mercy through the blood of Christ.  He imputed the righteousness of Christ onto our lives and adopted us as His children.  We were completely and fully redeemed by Him to Him and for Him.

Did you know that those in heaven rejoiced over you when you repented from your sin?

Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

This is a beautiful thing. It is something we could never do on our own. We wouldn’t have even have known our desperate situation without the love of God stepping into our lives and drawing us to Himself. We would never have even given pause to consider our treacherous race towards hell filled with selfish, destructive motives and intents. Every person who has ever lived is in this very same condition … sinful.  We reek of sin.  It completely and totally saturates everything of who we are and how we live.  And yet God loved us so much that He gave … beautifully and wonderfully so.

After we accept His free gift, what next?  The twist almost always occurs.  More on that in the next blog.

— Pastor Rick

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